No kimonos for APEC leaders in Japan as tradition dropped
As Japan hosts the Asia-Pacific summit, the tradition of leaders wear local 'costumes' is not taking place. Over the years, one of the most memorable moments has been what has come to be called the "silly shirts" photo, often representing the host country's culture.
The tradition started in 1993, when then-President Bill Clinton handed out bomber jackets at the summit at Blake Island, Washington. Since then, the 21 APEC leaders have posed together in Javan batik shirts (Indonesia in 1994) to flowing ponchos (Chile in 2004).
This year, however, leaders were instructed to come in "smart casuals."